I was scanning over the list of free-agent outfielders in trying to find alternatives to the pricey Matt Holliday and Jason Bay, left fielders I’m confident won’t see Citi Field this summer in the home whites. With so many other things on their list, I don’t see them paying in the estimated range of $70 million for Bay and $96 million for Holliday, numbers which have already been reported.
ANKIEL: Let's not forget about him.
My eyes stopped at Rick Ankiel
. This guy, although injured last season after slamming into a wall, can play. He can hit, hit for power and play defense. And, he might have the best outfield arm in the majors.
Best of all, he’s not going to break the bank.
A great center fielder, sure but what about Beltran? Perhaps, with Beltran’s aching knees, this might be the time to switch him to left. Or, Ankiel can play left until it is time. Or, maybe move him to right and Jeff Francoeur to left.
Ankiel represents a different alternative to the Mets. He’s productive, although not big ticket. He’s also not a broken down, expensive veteran hanging on like Gary Sheffield. The guy can play and the Mets have too few of those types of players.
I’ve started to post polls and have one up on the Mets’ primary off-season priorities. Please vote and post your comments here. Thanks. JD
As a writer, I do a lot of reading, and it is amazing some of the things I see out there. I won’t refute by name, but idea, and the idea I don’t get is John Lackey.
Yes, I think it would be fantastic if the Mets got him, but I see three teams ahead of the them: the Rangers, Yankees and Angels.
Lackey’s preference if he leaves are the Rangers. The Angels would like to keep him, but might balk at his asking price. Then, of course, there are the Yankees, who, if they really want him will get him if he’s open to New York.
While not in Jeff Wilpon’s mind, it isn’t hard to imagine an even greater sense of urgency to the Mets to make a winter splash in the wake of the Yankees’ World Series title.
CHAPMAN: A risky proposition.
That shouldn’t include throwing $60-million stone in the Aroldis Chapman pond. That’s the reported starting point for the hard-throwing, lefty Cuban defector. Chapman’s agent, Edwin Mejia, said he’s spoken with both teams, and Mets’ GM Omar Minaya is still listening.
Many scouting reports are high on Chapman, but there have been a lot of rave reviews about players who’ve never made it. And, these are players scouts have seen regularly in college and the minor leagues.
From the MLBPA: Mets’ infielders Alex Cora and Ramon Martinez filed for free agency.
Cora played in 82 games, mostly in place of the injured Jose Reyes. He .251 with one home run and 18 RBI, but tore a ligament in his thumb and missed the rest of the season.
Martinez replaced Cora, but injured his thumb in June and missed the rest of the season.